Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    30-42 credits
    • Accreditation

      WSCUC, CCTC, ACSI

    Credentials

    • Multiple Subject Credential
    • Single Subject Credential
    • Special Education Credential

    Admissions Requirements

    Students are invited to formally apply to the credential program during LEDU301 Introduction to Teaching, which should be taken during the sophomore year. Once accepted into Biola's Teacher Preparation Program, students take courses in sequence.

    Students planning to take LEDU 301 must apply for a Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This background clearance requires fingerprinting and must be completed prior to any fieldwork in local school districts. Additionally, students must provide documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance from their medical provider.

    Candidates for the Teacher Preparation Program must also have a 2.75 cumulative GPA


    The School of Education's teacher preparation program at Biola is designed to be taken with any major. Whether your desire is to teach in elementary school and earn a preliminary multiple subject credential, or teach in a middle or high school and earn a preliminary single subject credential, Biola's teacher preparation program will prepare you well for a future as an educator.


    Why Choose Education at Biola?

    Biola University allows students to start their teacher preparation program in their sophomore year, and complete their 12-credit student teaching requirement in one semester as a graduate student. Benefits of our program include:

    • Dual accreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
    • Authorization to teach English language learners within your content area.
    • Full-time faculty made up of outstanding professionals, researchers, passionate believers, and excellent K–12 classroom teachers.
    • Faculty and staff who care about your personal, professional and spiritual life and are available for personal mentoring.
    • Biblical integration across the curriculum.

    What Will I Study?

    Students in the teacher preparation program receive the training and education needed to be effective classroom teachers and qualify for preliminary teaching credentials. Course highlights and topics include:

    • Foundations of education
    • Methods of teaching linguistically diverse students
    • Approaches and techniques to teaching reading
    • Fieldwork experiences
    • Student teaching
    • Teaching Performance Assessments (TPAs)
    • Fulfillment of additional state requirements and exams

    Career Paths

    The multiple subject teaching credential authorizes educators to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom. Individuals with this credential are usually offered employment in an elementary classroom setting and some middle schools. The liberal studies, elementary education major is the recommended major for a multiple subject teaching credential. However, students from any major may earn this credential by adding the teacher preparation program to their major.

    The single subject teaching credential authorizes educators to teach a specific subject, such as English, math, music or physical education. Individuals with this credential are qualified to teach their specific subjects in preschool through adult settings, but most teach in junior high, middle school or high school. Single subject credential students are required to demonstrate subject matter competency in the subject area they desire to teach. Therefore, students who wish to teach at the secondary level should choose a major in their selected subject area — the teacher preparation coursework can be taken in conjunction with the major requirements.


    Courses

    Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

    Teacher Preparation Courses

    This course examines the structure and function of the school, foundations of education, qualities required for teacher effectiveness, and contemporary issues in education. Successful completion of this course constitutes one of the requirements for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. CBEST must be taken or basic skills requirement met during this course for acceptance to a credential program. Approximately $130 for livescan and application fees will be required. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 25-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Special approval required. Must submit Certificate of Clearance forms and valid negative TB test results. Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must not be Freshman Class; and must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: Paid Taskstream subscription required.

    Application of psychological principles to the education process, role of the teacher and learner, human growth and development, learning styles, motivation, memory, transfer of learning, measurement and evaluation, research and experimentation in learning theory. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application and acceptance to the School of Education. Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. This course is designed to fulfill the University's writing competency requirement for credential students.
    Prerequisites: PSYC 200; LEDU 301 or MUSC 205.
    Paid Taskstream subscription required.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: $50.

    Survey of the theories, programs, and instructional practices for English language development, including first and second language acquisition and individual factors affecting language acquisition. Strategies for the application of theory to classroom practice and instruction in content area literacy are emphasized. Principles of educational equity, diversity, and cultural and linguistic responsiveness are examined. Prerequisites: LEDU 330.
    Paid Taskstream subscription required. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #1.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: $100.

    Methods and materials for teaching reading to students in elementary schools; attention to a variety of approaches and techniques; consideration of the needs of pupils with varied cultural and language backgrounds. Prerequisites: LEDU 341.
    Paid Taskstream subscription required. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 35-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #2.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Corequisites: LEDU 337.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: $100.

    Methods and materials for teaching reading through content areas in secondary schools; attention to reading techniques, testing, and individualization. Prerequisites: LEDU 341.
    Paid Taskstream subscription required. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 35-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #2.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: $100.

    Introduction to the scope and sequence of the elementary school curriculum in mathematics, science, social studies and language arts; emphasis on a variety of teaching approaches, integration across content area, assessment, classroom management and resources. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #3.
    Prerequisites: LEDU 420.
    Paid Taskstream subscription required.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Corequisites: LEDU 309, LEDU 336, LEDU 432.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: $100.

    A 60-hour fieldwork requirement to support the practical application of LEDU 431 Elementary Curriculum content. Candidates will design and teach several classroom lessons in local elementary schools. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork.
    Prerequisites: LEDU 420.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Corequisites: LEDU 309, LEDU 336, LEDU 431.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: Paid Taskstream subscription required.

    Secondary school curriculum, assessment, classroom management and teaching methods as they apply to the content areas in secondary school settings. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #3.
    Prerequisites: LEDU 425.
    Paid Taskstream subscription required.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Corequisites: LEDU 433, LEDU 437.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: $100.

    A 60-hour fieldwork requirement to support the practical application of LEDU 436 Secondary Curriculum content. Candidates will design and teach several classroom lessons in local secondary schools. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork.
    Prerequisites: LEDU 425.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Corequisites: LEDU 433, LEDU 436.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: Paid Taskstream subscription required.

    Student Teaching I and II

    Full-time laboratory experience in school classrooms under the direction of qualified supervising master teachers and University supervisors. University seminar required. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher. CalTPA #4. Candidates doing student teaching are limited to a maximum of 15 credits that semester with approval. Must register for LEDU 442 if completing student teaching in one semester. (See also SEED 512/513).
    Prerequisites: LEDU 431 and LEDU 432.
    Paid Taskstream subscription required.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: $120.

    See LEDU 440. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher.
    Prerequisites: LEDU 440 (concurrent registration permitted).
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: Paid Taskstream subscription required.

    Full-time laboratory experience in school classrooms under the direction of qualified supervising master teachers and University supervisors. University seminar required. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher. CalTPA #4. Candidates doing student teaching are limited to a maximum of 15 credits that semester with approval. Must register for LEDU 452 if completing student teaching in one semester. (See also SEED 514/515).
    Prerequisites: LEDU 436 and LEDU 437.
    Paid Taskstream subscription required.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: $120.

    See LEDU 450. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher.
    Prerequisites: LEDU 450 (concurrent registration permitted).
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: Paid Taskstream subscription required.

    Elementary Candidate Pedagogy Courses and Constitution Requirements

    Developing and preparing art assignments suitable for elementary school pupils.
    Prerequisites: LEDU 301.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Junior Class, or Senior Class; and must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: $90.

    A survey of U.S. History from the time of European settlement, to the colonial period, to independence from Britain, the formation of the republic and the constitution, the issues of the early 1800s, and the Civil War. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum US History credit. Meets the United States Constitution requirements for California teacher certification.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

    During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Multiple Subject education candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for helping grades K–6 students learn the state-adopted academic content standards for Math and Science. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher.
    Prerequisites: LEDU 420.
    Paid Taskstream subscription required for credential candidates.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Corequisites: LEDU 431, LEDU 432.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: $25.

    During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Multiple Subject candidates learn content-specific teaching strategies that are effective in achieving the goals of the acceptance of personal responsibility for lifelong health; respect for and promotion of the health of others; understanding of the process of growth and development; and informed use of health-related information, products, and services. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher.
    Prerequisites: LEDU 420.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Corequisites: LEDU 431, LEDU 432.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: Paid Taskstream subscription required for credential candidates.

    During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Multiple Subject education candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for helping grades K–6 students learn the state-adopted academic content standards for History-Social Science. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher.
    Prerequisites: LEDU 341.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Corequisites: LEDU 420.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: Paid Taskstream subscription required for credential candidates.

    This course is designed to provide an understanding of the historical perspectives on children's literature through picture books and young adult novels reflecting different genres. Literature representative of a variety of cultures and ethnic groups will be analyzed and discussed in order to strengthen cross-cultural understanding. Emphasis will be upon developing responses to literature through art, drama, and writing in order to strengthen children's literacy development in the elementary classroom. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher.
    Prerequisites: One of the following: ENGL 220, ENGL 230, ENGL 251, ENGL 252, ENGL 253, ENGL 281, ENGL 282, ENGL 283 or ENGL 290.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: Paid Taskstream subscription required for credential candidates.

    Instruction in materials for teaching music in the elementary school. Notes: Non-music majors.
    Prerequisites: LEDU 301.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Music Performance (MUPR), Music (MUSC), Music (MUWM), Music Composition (MUCO) or Music Education (MUED); and must be Undergraduate Level.

    Understanding, planning programs and implementing a range of fundamental movement and fitness activities designed for the elementary child: preparation for the upper-division methods course.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Physical Education (PEED), Liberal Stds Multidisciplinary (LSMD), Liberal Studies (LELS) or Liberal Studies Elementary Ed (LSEE); and Undergraduate Level.

    The history, organization and function of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the American government. Includes one hour per week involving students in a local government civic service or life experience activity. Satisfies the state requirement in institutions in American history. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum US History credit. Meets the requirement for United States Constitution for California teacher certification.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

    Secondary Candidate Pedagogy Course and Constitution Requirements

    LEDU 433 must be passed with a grade of "B-" or higher.

    A survey of U.S. History from the time of European settlement, to the colonial period, to independence from Britain, the formation of the republic and the constitution, the issues of the early 1800s, and the Civil War. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum US History credit. Meets the United States Constitution requirements for California teacher certification.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.

    During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject candidates relate the Common Core and the state-adopted K–12 academic content standards for candidates in their specific subject area to major concepts and principles in their discipline, including planning, organizing, and implementing effective instruction (Grades 7–12).
    Single Subject Pedagogy - Art: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Art candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for achieving the fundamental goals of the state-adopted K–12 academic content standards for students in Art (Grades 7–12).
    Single Subject Pedagogy - English: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject English candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for achieving the fundamental goals of the state-adopted K–12 academic content standards for students in English (Grades 7–12).
    Single Subject Pedagogy - Methods of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Modern Language candidates learn, understand, and use specific teaching strategies and activities for achieving the fundamental goals of the state-adopted K–12 Foreign Language Framework and Student Academic Content Standards for students learning Spanish (Grades 7–12).
    Single Subject Pedagogy - Health Science: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Health Science candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for achieving the fundamental goals of the state-adopted K–12 academic content standards for students in Health Science (Grades 7–12).
    Single Subject Pedagogy - History/Social Science: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject History/Social Science candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for achieving the fundamental goals of the K–12 state-adopted academic content standards for History/Social Science (Grades 7–12).
    Single Subject Pedagogy - Mathematics: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Mathematics candidates acquire a deep understanding of the interrelated components of a balanced program of mathematics instruction: computational and procedural skills; conceptual understanding of mathematics; and problem solving skills in mathematics, and acquire pedagogical skills that assist students in learning K–12 state-adopted academic content standards for Mathematics (Grades 7–12).
    Single Subject Pedagogy - Physical Education: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Physical Education candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for helping students in learning K–12 state-adopted academic content standards for Physical Education (Grades 7–12).
    Single Subject Pedagogy - Science: During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject Science candidates relate the state-adopted K–12 academic content standards for students in Science (Grades 7–12) to major concepts, principles and investigations in the science disciplines, including planning, organizing, and implementing effective instruction.
      Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher.
    Prerequisites: LEDU 425.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Corequisites: LEDU 436, LEDU 437.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.
    Fees: Paid Taskstream subscription required.

    The history, organization and function of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the American government. Includes one hour per week involving students in a local government civic service or life experience activity. Satisfies the state requirement in institutions in American history. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum US History credit. Meets the requirement for United States Constitution for California teacher certification.
    Grade Mode: A.
    Restrictions: Must be Undergraduate Level.


    Concentrations

    Single Subject Credential

    Multiple Subject Credential

    Special Education Credential